READ: American Bar Association Tells Senate Judiciary Committee It’s ‘Re-opening’ Its Evaluation of Brett Kavanaugh Due to ‘New Information of a Material Nature Regarding Temperament’


Just ahead of a crucial senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the American Bar Association announced in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that the association would be reexamining the “well-qualified” ranking it bestowed on Kavanaugh.

The letter cites that the ABA is concerned with Kavanaugh’s temperament following the September 27th testimony he gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding sexual assault allegations lobbied against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

The letter states:

“New information of a material nature regarding temperament during the September 27th hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee has prompted a reopening of the Standing Committee’s evaluation.”

Republican senators in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation have long cited his ABA rating to vouch for his qualifications as recently as today on the Senate floor.

With one of the pro-Kavanaugh talking points now in limbo and unlikely to be resolved before the final vote, some are asking if Republicans still feel comfortable with the latest development.

What’s more, this isn’t the first time the ABA has been skeptical of Kavanaugh’s temperament.

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